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The most memorable photos of 2016

Here is a roundup of some of the images that helped define 2016.
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    Usain Bolt of Jamaica competes in the Men's 100 meter semifinal on Day 9 of the Rio 2|Getty Images

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    Injured people are seen at the scene of explosions at Zaventem airport near Brussels,|Reuters

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    This picture taken on December 19, 2016 shows Andrey Karlov (2ndR), the Russian ambas|Getty Images

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    The Boeing 747 Air Force One carrying U.S. President Barack Obama and his family flie|Reuters

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    The motorcade carrying the body of Muhammad Ali drives along in the funeral processio|Getty Images

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    A newly displaced Iraqi woman who fled from the city of Mosul, Iraq's last major Isla|Getty Images

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    Former US president Bill Clinton holds a balloon on stage after Democratic presidenti|Getty Images

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    A woman watches fireworks just after New Years at Copacabana beach in Rio de Janeiro|Getty Images

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    Antoine Bethea #41 and Rashard Robinson #33 of the San Francisco 49ers raise their f|Getty Images

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    A women and her children stand in the ruins of battle-damaged house in the Kurdish to|Getty Images

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    Beyonce performs during the Pepsi Super Bowl 50 Halftime Show at Levi's Stadium on Fe|Getty Images

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    Actor Leonardo DiCaprio (L) and Kate Winslet attend the 88th Annual Academy Awards at|Getty Images

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    Kobe Bryant (top) of the Los Angeles Lakers reacts while addressing fans following hi|Getty Images

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    An eagle of the Guard from Above company, grasps a drone during a police exercise in|Getty Images

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    A surfer looks at the Northern lights ( aurora borealis ) illuminating the sky over t|Getty Images

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    President Barack Obama (R) and Cuban President Raul Castro review troops before bilat|Getty Images

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    Wounded five-year-old Syrian kid Omran Daqneesh sits alone in the back of the ambulan|Getty Images

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    President Barack Obama, Prince William, Duke of Cambridge and First Lady Michelle Oba|Getty Images

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    Mementos left by fans are attached to the fence which surrounds Paisley Park, the hom|Getty Images

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    A man holds a bouquet of flowers and a torch as he faces riot police during a demons|Getty Images

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    A member of the Queens Guard collapses during the Trooping the Colour, this year mark|Getty Images

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    Mourners hold candles while observing a moment of silence during a vigil outside the|Getty Images

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    LeBron James #23 and Kevin Love #0 of the Cleveland Cavaliers celebrate after defeat|Getty Images

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    Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump reacts to the cries of three-month-old K|Getty Images

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    Naked volunteers, painted in blue to reflect the colours found in Marine paintings in|Getty Images

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    Giant panda cubs make their debut to the public at Chengdu Research Base of Giant Pan|Getty Images

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    A biker shows his 12-year-old cat "Chiquinho" -which always rides with him on his mo|Getty Images

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    A black cat enters the field of play during the round 18 NRL match between the Penrit|Getty Images

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    A woman walks by the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE) near Wall Street on March 21, 20|Getty Images

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    People watch fireworks exploding over the Maracana stadium, from a terrace in the fav|

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    Gold medalist Simone Biles of the United States poses for photographs after the medal|Getty Images

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    Lauren Hernandez of the United States competes on the balance beam during the Artist|Getty Images

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    Simone Manuel of the United States celebrates winning gold in the Women's 100m Freest|Getty Images

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    Gold medallist USA's Michael Phelps, reacts after the Men's swimming 4 x 100m Medley |Getty Images

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    (L-R) Bronze medalist Kristi Castlin, gold medalist Brianna Rollins and silver medali|Getty Images

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    Jessica Long of the United States is congratulated by her team mate Mallory Weggemann|Getty Images

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    British athlete Alistair Brownlee (L) helps his brother Jonathan Brownlee (R) before |Getty Images

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    Patrick Fellows #21, Allan McShane #26, Carson Edwardson #8 and Shaun Bily #23 of the|Getty Images

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    Michael Martinez #1 of the Cleveland Indians reacts as the Chicago Cubs celebrate aft|Getty Images

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    Allen Iverson poses for a photo in his seat before the 2016 Basketball Hall of Fame E|Getty Images

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    Police officers face off with protesters on the I-85 (Interstate 85) during protests |Getty Images

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    Members of the "Colla Vella dels Xiquets de Valls" human tower team form a "castell" |Getty Images

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    Actress Priyanka Chopra attends the 68th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards at Microsoft Th|Getty Images

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    A student at the University of Witwatersrand offers flowers to South African anti-rio|Getty Images

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    Migrants wait to be rescued by members of Proactiva Open Arms NGO in the Mediterranea|Getty Images

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    Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump kisses a "Women for Trump" placard durin|Getty Images

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    A military jeep tows a trailer with the flag draped chest containing the remains of f|Getty Images

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    Wingsuit flyer Gabriel Lott of Brazil jumps off a mountain during the 5th World Wings|Getty Images

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    Syrian civil defence volunteers, known as the White Helmets, rescue a boy from the ru|Getty Images

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    A boy pauses on his bike as he passes an oil field that was set on fire by retreating|Getty Images

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    People enjoy the view of hand made paper balloons flying during traditional Diwali L|Getty Images

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    Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump hugs the American flag as he arrives f|Getty Images

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    A displaced Iraqi woman holds her cat, Lulu, as she waits for transport in the Iraqi |Getty Images

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    Saida Ahmad Baghili, an 18-year-old Yemeni woman from an impoverished coastal village|Getty Images

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    Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, accompanied by her husband former Presiden|Getty Images

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    President Barack Obama and President-elect Donald Trump shake hands during a transit|Getty Images

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    Massive snowstorm covering the East Coast spotted from outer space, January 23, 2016.|Scott Kelly, NASA.

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    Two women stop at a mural of David Bowie in Brixton, south London, January 11, 2016.<|Reuters

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    Kanye West performs at the Forum on October 25, 2016 in Inglewood, California.

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    Composer, actor Lin-Manuel Miranda celebrates receiving GRAMMY award on stage during |Getty Images

There were many shocking, surprising, hysterical and saddening moments that happened in 2016.

From gut-wrenching moments that made us cringe, to triumphant moments that made us cry, to serendipitous moments that simply made us smile, this year has been filled with iconic and thought-provokingphotographs.

Check out this roundup of some of the images that defined 2016. Hover over each image to view the caption.

Note: Some images may contain disturbing content.

 

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